Tattoo Artist: interview with Morof

12 September 2011

Morof, article and photogallery on Tattoo.1 Tribal #63

1) How long have you been doing this work?
I’ve been working as a professional for about 11 years… but if you count the time I spent practising before that, it’s been a lot longer!

2) Who taught you?
Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I didn’t really do any proper training.
I was definitely self-taught (so it was a very slow process) although I have to thank some friends of mine who’d been tattooing at home or in garages set up as studios and who gave me some great tips. They showed me how to weld needles (not any more), how to set up the machine and all the accessories to needed to make it work… I was fascinated and amazed by it all so I decided to buy my first machine and try it out for myself!
It sounds easy but I can assure you it was a real challenge.

3) Are there any tattoo artists that you consider as your mentors or major influences on your career?
During my career I’ve met some talented teachers but since I taught myself I got tattoos in order to understand things… and that was very important.
Every good artist can give you a great deal just by talking to you, obviously you have to look for people who are open to that, which isn’t easy when you first start out in tattooing. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of people at work, first of all giving myself tattoos, then friends and other artists who are very well known now such as Valentin Steinmann, Jesus Sayalero, Mike Koren, Noon and Joe Harrison…  and it would be impossible to forget or thank all the artists I’ve met at tattoo conventions and the invaluable, magical encounter I had with the great Herbert Hoffman .

4) What inspires your art?
Great question!!!
Probably too much to fit into a few lines. But I’ll try… in my creative process I try not to think too hard, letting basic instinct take over, both in the marks and compositions I make, creating a sort of automatic path made up of intertwined lines, marks and circles which at a certain moment become the projection of a pure mark.

5) How much does the person who asks for the tattoo influence your creation?
I think that the best, most exciting thing about my job is precisely when, as part of that creative process, you find you have something in common with the person who you’re going to tattoo.
It’s very important to be able to bring that dream (or desire) out, through creative gestures, and that is only possible if both people really want it, the client and the tattoo artist.
They are like two halves that make a whole.
My creativity is also constantly being expanded and enriched because I’m in direct contact with people.

6) What was the first tattoo you ever did?
I’ll never forget the first ever tattoo that I designed and did on a friend of mine. It was a small sun and moon with a face and some wobbly tribal decorations. That first experience was really intense, I was shaking from head to toe with nerves!!!

7) And what was the first that you got on your own skin?
I thought I should be the first artist to tattoo something on my own skin. It was a silhouette of a panther from the front!!!

8) Can you briefly describe your technique?
My most well known technique is the pencil style with colous that look like the light and shade effect you get with coloured pencils. But I like mixing things, combining different kinds of techniques and languages by trying out new roads.

9) What are you working on now?
At the moment I’m studying superheroes so I can prepare a new sketch book for the upcoming conventions, and I’ve got a personal exhibition on at the Tribò Tattoo Gallery in Prague.

10) What is the most important thing in your work?
Having fun .

11) What is your philosophy?
Doing things with love.

Contacts:
(Morof) Fabio Moro – Morotattoo
Via San Bernardo 38/40 r, 16123 Genova (Italy)
www.morotattoo.com

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